Ernesto Valverde has lost the experts of ‘Barca poker’ in the last week. Against the Real Madrid, aligned Rakitic, De Jong and Sergi Roberto in the middle of the countryside. Before the Alavahowever, it changed its direction and presented an eleven headline with Sergio Busquets, Aleñá and Arturo Vidal. Lantern or not, six different midfielders who raised doubts about the roadmap that the Barcelona January in an overcrowded area according to the same complaint Txingurri.
As far as he may have known AS, and although football is as changeable as the mood of a team shred by doubts one Wednesday and leader and happy the next Sunday after the Christmas gift from the Athletic, right now The Barca only the exit of Carles Aleñá is raised. That means that Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic will remain in Barca, at least until the end of the season. Despite the carousel of statements by the Chilean, his case has been less controversial than the Croatian. Vidal is a player who likes Valverde, who doesn’t want to part with him. He believes he brings character, will and a winning profile to a somewhat fragile and pusillanimous team like on the night of Liverpool.
The club also made it clear to the Chilean from the beginning of the season that he would only leave if the proposal convinced club, player and coach. For the time being, Vidal will remain in Barca and the acceptance of the crest steering wheel was evident in Chile, where his statements sounded far less belligerent than those of TV3 just a couple of weeks ago.
Rakitic’s case has undergone a radical change in the last month. Condemned to ostracism, his return from the concentration of the selection of Croatia after having an asimilar Achilles tendon, he found it strange to warn of his ‘very enough’ condition. But since then, the ex-evillist has played every game except Alavés. The player had been sad that the ball had been taken away from him and the club, which in the last two summers had not put any ease on his exit, had accepted that the situation was irreversible and that it was appropriate to agree to an exit. A month later, everything has changed and, with no surprise, Rakitic won’t leave until the end of the season. It has been easy to see, moreover, that Barca is better when Rakitic orders his teammates on the pitch
The one who will come out is Aleñá. Of course, on loan, because the club warns in it conditions to play for many years in Barca. The Betis is the best place and he needs minutes. It all clicks.